More chili? Yup, always more chili. If you happened to read my Fall Bucket List, you might know that we are basically obsessed with chili and cornbread, and pretty much have it every chance we can throughout the Fall season! And while I absolutely adore my family’s recipe that we have used since before I was even born, I really like to spice things up. I need change, and I crave trying new things. I have done quite a few variations, including this delicious vegetarian chili, but I can honestly say I have never loved a chili so much as I do this harvest chicken chili….
It’s been way too long since I shared a salad recipe, y’all. It’s not because we haven’t been making salads. It’s because I am usually so dang hungry on salad night after working out that I just can’t take the time to create something new and photograph it! I always think I can do it, but my hunger is so much bigger than I realize. BUT- I finally found the time to prepare a new salad, test it out, take photos, and write about it- on a rest day. Because it seems like that’s the only time I can.
Since my husband and I both love any food that has any sort of Mexican flare, we decided to go with a fajita style salad. We are also super into peppers and onions, and were both craving those, so a fajita style salad seemed like just the right fit.
My husband and I are also steak lovers, but we try to avoid a ton of red meat in our diets. Now, don’t get me wrong. We do eat it from time to time, we just try to be super intentional about the quality of the meat, as well as how much and how often we have it. We don’t believe that all red meat is bad quality or bad for you, but we do believe it is important to be super picky about it….
If a name like rainbow chicken veggie bowl doesn’t catch your attention, I don’t know what will. Maybe the ridiculous beautiful and colorful photo of the best dish I have eaten in months?
If am being honest, I have been in a bit of a dinner funk lately. I find myself challenged and stretched to do it all sometimes. Between keeping the house clean, dealing with a stage 100 clingy baby, playing with wooden blocks nonstop, creating content for my site, copywriting for others’ sites, and creating meal plans for clients, I feel like time is running short.
Yet I have a desire to have a hot dinner on the table for my husband every night when he comes home from work. (Make no mistake- he does not demand this of me. It truly is a desire of mine)….
This California avocado chicken has me drooling, y’all.
And that’s a big deal. In case you don’t know the backstory, I pretty much avoided chicken like the plague for basically my entire pregnancy, and I haven’t really learned how to deal with it since. Honestly, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have truly enjoyed chicken since having my baby. I can’t really explain it. It’s just… chicken.
But this. This California avocado chicken is the real deal. It is perfectly juicy and tender, and so full of flavor. It is exactly how a chicken breast should be.
And that’s without the California avocado goodness on top.
Can I just share another little backstory? I actually never even tasted an avocado until I was nineteen years old and lived in Colorado. I remember some college friends literally being appalled when I told them I had never had guacamole. It just wasn’t something we ate growing up.
So they took me to Chipotle and ordered some chips and guacamole and changed my life….
Chipotle is life, y’all.
Okay, not really, but I do love Chipotle. I have at least one friend who is totally frowning on me right now- you know who you are.
But seriously, I love a hot Chipotle burrito bowl.
For those of you that might not be totally sold on it, or for those of you who have already made up your mind that you don’t like Chipotle… Let me explain myself….
The jalapeño is God’s gift to me.
I like them anywhere and everywhere and on any dish that allows for them without messing up the flavor. Because putting jalapeños on curry would be like putting ketchup on eggs.
But that’s a sensitive subject for some of you, so I won’t get into my opinions on that one….
I know, I know, you aren’t supposed to say something is perfect. But y’all…
This pizza crust was PERFECT.
Okay, I know that is subjective, and you have full permission to disagree. But… if you do read on and decide to give this crust a try, just promise you’ll let me know if it doesn’t turn out the same?…
We love chili around here. It’s pretty much our go-to when it comes to one pot meals that are filling and entirely delicious.
But chili, traditionally speaking, always has meat in it. So when I was thinking of putting chili on the two week meal plan for my new vegetarian friend, I found myself a bit stumped.
Luckily, I am always up for a challenge. I decided to get to work right away on a delicious vegetarian chili. (It happens to be vegan as well, just as long as you don’t top it with cheese)!…
I used to be against vegetarian meals. Seriously, I’d confidently proclaim that God made meat for me to eat.
But the issue was honestly just that I really felt like I could NOT get enough protein in a vegetarian meal. And when I don’t get enough protein, I tend to overeat because I am just not full.
I also tend to overeat when food is just incredibly flavorful, but that’s a different problem….
Nobody likes dry chicken, right?
I have had a few people ask me lately about making chicken that is juicy and tender, and the truth is, even though there are many ways to accomplish this, it actually is kind of a difficult thing to master sometimes.
My personal favorite method will always be pan searing. I just don’t think there’s another way that gets that juicy and tender mouth feel that I love, but without compromising health and nutrition….